BORN FOR KNOWLEDGE
“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work,
and increasing in the knowledge of God”
Continuing “through the knowledge.”
Today we continue our understanding of epignosis, the intimate knowledge of God, and how it relates to our life.
2 Peter 1:3, 4 also tells us how the knowledge of God is not meant to be only intellectual, but become flesh and blood, walking and talking through our lives: “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, THROUGH THE KNOWLEDGE (epignosis) of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
These words are wonderful. You’ve got to read them over and over again to imbibe the fullness of their truth. God’s divine power has given you everything you need to live life. That means living life in your home—in your kitchen, when your children are driving you crazy, and even when you are overwhelmed. And it’s not only for life, but for a godly life.
If we go back to the Greek text, we find that the “all things” comes at the beginning of the verse. It should read: “EVERYTHING has been granted.” Say these words aloud: “EVERYTHING has been given to me in Christ to live a godly life in my home.” But how does this work effectively in our lives? By the same truth of Philemon 1:6 we looked at last week. THROUGH THE KNOWLEDGE! It is through knowing Christ. As we know who He is and the life He lives in us, we learn to live this life in our daily walk!
2 Peter 3:20 reminds us that epignosis enables is to “escape the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” We certainly need this blessing.
Not only do we seek to know Christ, but to know His GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES! It is through these promises that we partake of the divine nature. Yes, Christ’s nature! His life living through us on this earth! As in heaven, so on earth (Matthew 6:10 and Luke 11:2). Epignosis affects our daily life and character.
It’s all available for us. There are an estimated 30,000 promises in God’s Word. John Bunyan wrote: “The pathway of life is strewn so thickly with the promises of God that it is impossible to take one step without treading upon one of them.”
The great Scottish Bible expositor, Alexander Maclaren wrote: “We may have as much of God as we will. Christ puts the key of the treasure-chamber into our hand, and bids us take all that we want. If a man is admitted into the bullion vault of a bank and told to help himself, and comes out with one cent, whose fault is it that he is poor?”
FRUITFUL OR BARREN?
God wants us to be filled and abounding with the knowledge of Him and His will. Paul prayed that the Colossians believers “might be FILLED with the knowledge (epignosis) of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:9, 10). Do you notice how epignosis results in godly behavior and character? When we are filled with the knowledge of His will we will walk worthy of the Lord.
Am I filled with the knowledge of God and His will? I want to be. I certainly don’t want to be barren in knowledge. 1 Peter 1:8 warns us about being not being “BARREN or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” I am not barren, but I cannot say I am filled. There is so much more in Christ. And in His Word. However, I certainly want to be “INCREASING in the knowledge of God” as it tells us in Colossians 1:10. Is this your longing too? That every day we will increase more in the knowledge and understanding of God, His ways, and how to walk it out effectively in our lives.
What about your children? Are they barren in the knowledge of God? May God save us from having this testimony about our children. May God help us to fill them with the knowledge of His truth. Let’s seek to impart the eternal seeds of His truth and the knowledge of Him to our children each day, so that they will INCREASE daily in the knowledge of God.
“Dear Father, I am nowhere near filled yet. But I long to be increasingly filled! I long to know You more and understand Your ways. I long to be filled with Your precious Word. Please anoint me to be one who INCREASES more every day in my knowledge of You. Amen.”
I do not want barren children. I want children who are fruitful in the knowledge of God. Therefore, I will be diligent to lead them to His Word each new day.
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EPIGNOSIS is used 20 times in the New Testament in the following Scriptures:
Romans 1:28; 3:20; 10:2; Ephesians 1:17; 4:13; Philippians 1:9; Colossians 1:9, 10; 2:2; 3:10; 1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Timothy 2:25; 3:7; Titus 1:1; Philemon 1:6; Hebrews 10:26; 2 Peter 1:2, 3, 8